Lebanon arrests three Egyptian suspects in Cairo gang rape case

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Aug. 30, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

Lebanon arrests three Egyptian suspects in Cairo gang rape case

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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese safety forces have arrested three Egyptian males wished of their house nation on prices of involvement in an alleged gang rape at a luxurious Cairo resort six years in the past.

The arrest, reported late Saturday, adopted an Interpol discover for the suspects on the request of Egypt.

A Lebanese safety official, talking on situation of anonymity consistent with laws, mentioned Sunday that “authorized and administrative procedures” had been underway to deport the three males, who’re of their early 30s.

The case was uncovered by a social media account following sexual assaults in Egypt. The alleged gang rape came about at a five-star Cairo resort in 2014 however phrase of the assault surfaced solely in July when an Instagram account, assaultpolice, reported the allegations as a part of a vigorous #MeToo marketing campaign that swept Egypt this summer time.

Final week, Egyptian prosecutors named 9 males as suspects — seven had already left the nation after allegations of the rape went viral in July.

5 of the suspects arrived in Lebanon, based on an announcement from Lebanon’s Inner Safety Forces. Appearing on a request from Egypt, three had been arrested late Friday within the village of Fatqa, north of Beirut, whereas the opposite two have apparently left Lebanon.

One other two suspects had been arrested in Egypt, together with one final week as he tried to flee the nation. The whereabouts of the opposite suspects stay unknown.

The Egypt #MeToo marketing campaign additionally led to the arrest of a former pupil at Egypt’s most elite college, the American College of Cairo, over a number of accusations of rape and sexual assaults.

The Instagram account, assaultpolice, mentioned at the very least six males hailing from rich and highly effective households had drugged and raped a lady after a celebration at Cairo’s five-star Fairmont Nile Metropolis Lodge.

Following the Instagram report, Egypt’s chief prosecutor opened an investigation and final week, Common Prosecutor Hamada el-Sawy issued the arrest warrants.

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Related Press author Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed to this report.


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